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Whether you are an automobile driver or passenger alongside a semi-truck on the highway or a pedestrian crossing a busy street in front of a tractor-trailer, the sheer size and number of large trucks on the road represent accidents waiting to happen.

In Florida alone in 2014, there were 3,530 reported crashes involving large trucks and 179 fatalities, 144 of whom were occupants of a vehicle other than the truck.

When truck accidents happen, our West Palm Beach and Tallahassee truck accident lawyers at Searcy Denney are just a phone call away. We have more than 40 years’ experience representing truck accident victims. Your initial consultation is free of charge, and if we take on your case, you pay us nothing unless we recover for you.

Some Facts You Should Know About Large Truck Accidents

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“Large” trucks can be single-unit trucks, tractor-trailers, or cargo vans – all weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Tractor-trailers can weigh 80,000 pounds or more – in other words, bigger and heavier than whatever you’re driving! In 2014, 85% of large trucks involved in fatal traffic crashes were trucks weighing more than 26,000 pounds.

Over the last ten years, from 2005 through 2014, truck crash fatalities have decreased by 26% in the United States. But these big, heavy trucks still kill and injure thousands every year. Here are some 2014 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that you might want to remember the next time you encounter a big truck on the road. You won’t recall the numbers . . . but you’ll get the picture.

Of the more than 11 million large trucks on the streets and highways of the U.S., about two million of them are tractor-trailers. But while large trucks make up only 4% of all registered motor vehicles, they account for 8.3% of fatal vehicle crashes.

  • Large truck accidents killed 3,903 people in 2014, a 2% decrease from 2013.
  • 73% of those killed were occupants of other vehicles, 17% were occupants of large trucks, and 10% were non-occupants such as pedestrians.
  • Another 111,000 people were injured in large truck crashes in 2014, an increase of 17% over 2013.
  • 79% of fatal large truck accidents in 2014 occurred on weekdays, 71% of these between 6 a.m. and 5:59 p.m.  On weekends, however, 63% of fatal crashes occurred at night.
  • 45% of fatal large truck-car crashes were head-on collisions, where both vehicles were driving straight ahead.
  • Only one out of four fatal large truck accidents occurred on interstate highways.
  • Nearly two-thirds of these fatal crashes happened in rural areas.

Investigation of these fatal car crashes uncovered information that underscores the importance of screening truck drivers’ records before they are allowed to drive.

  • Only 2% of drivers in fatal large truck crashes in 2014 had blood alcohol concentrations over the legal limit – a percentage much lower than the average of 22% for passenger car drivers, 22% for light truck drivers, and 29% for motorcyclists.
  • Drivers of large trucks were less likely (8.9%) than passenger car drivers (14.8%) to be driving with suspended or revoked licenses.
  • But more than 16% of large truck drivers in fatal crashes had at least one previous speeding conviction, about the same rate as for drivers of passenger cars.
  • And large truck drivers in 2014 had a higher percentage of previously-reported crashes (14.9%) than drivers of motorcycles (13.6%), passenger cars (12.6%), and light trucks (12%).

Whatever the Truck Crash Cause, Our Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help

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Recent truck crash causation studies note that truckers and passenger vehicle drivers must share the blame for car-truck accidents. Many of these crashes can be traced to driver error, such as drowsiness, lack of attention, or texting while driving. Sometimes, bad weather and poor road conditions are the culprits.

Often, however, responsibility for truck accidents rests squarely with unscrupulous trucking companies who flout federal safety rules by hiring unqualified drivers or forcing truckers to drive beyond hours-of-service limits.  And when trucking companies do not follow mandatory maintenance schedules, the resulting blown tires, failed brakes, or other breakdowns cause trucks to veer out of control and hit anything – or anyone – in their path.

The Florida truck accident law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley has more than 40 years’ experience representing clients involved in catastrophic accident cases, including multiple-vehicle car-large truck crashes. If you have been involved in a truck accident, we would be happy to discuss your potential claim and help you seek justice.

Please complete our Contact Form or call us directly at1-800-780-8607 FREE to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.

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